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REVIEW ARTICLE
Year : 2016  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 61-64

Role of therapeutic fasting in women's health: An overview


Department of Intramural Research, Office of Research and Development, National Institute of Naturopathy, Ministry of AYUSH, Government of, India

Correspondence Address:
Pradeep M.K Nair
Research Officer, National Institute of Naturopathy, Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India, Office of Research and Development, Tadiwala Road, Pune - - 411 001, Maharashtra
India
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DOI: 10.4103/0976-7800.185325

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Fasting is a therapeutic tool practiced since millennia by different cultures and medical systems heterogeneously. PubMed and Google Scholar search engines were searched using the keywords “fasting,” “intermittent fasting,” “calorie restriction,” “women's health,” “women's disorders,” “fasting and aging,” and “fasting and health.” All the animal and human studies which address women's health and disorders were included in the review. Fasting has shown to improve the reproductive and mental health. It also prevents as well as ameliorates cancers and musculoskeletal disorders which are common in middle-aged and elderly women. The present studies available have limitations such as majority of the studies are preclinical studies and human studies are with lesser sample size. Future studies should address this gap by designing medically supervised fasting techniques to extract better evidence. Nevertheless, fasting can be prescribed as a safe medical intervention as well as a lifestyle regimen which can improve women's health in many folds.


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